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We’ re bringing TC Sessions: Robotics+AI back to UC Berkeley on March 3, and we’ re thrilled to reveal our packed program. For months we’ ve been hiring speakers from the ranks of the most ingenious creators, hard-charging vcs and leading technologists operating in robotics and AI, and the speaker line-up will catch the impressive velocity throughout the field in the previous year.

New for this year, we will be hosting our extremely first pitch-off competitors for early-stage robotics business. There is still time to send your application.

And one fantastic reality: 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the very first usage of the word “robotic.” What much better method to mark the event than to get an e arly-bird ticket ($150 cost savings) today and right here prior to rates increase.

We’ ve still got some crucial visitors to reveal, and will be including some brand-new names to the program in the coming days. In the meantime, take a look at these highlights:


10:05 AM — 10:25 AM

Saving Humanity from AI with Stuart Russell ( UC Berkeley )

The UC Berkeley teacher and AI authority argues in his well-known brand-new book, “ Human Compatible ,” that AI will doom mankind unless technologists essentially reform how they develop AI algorithms.

10:25 AM — 10:50 AM

Investing in Robotics and AI: Lessons from the Industry’ s VCs with Dror Berman ( Innovation Endeavors ), Kelly Chen ( DCVC )and Eric Migicovsky ( Y Combinator )

Leading financiers will go over the increasing tide of equity capital financing in robotics and AI. The financiers bring a mix of early-stage investing and business equity capital know-how, sharing a fondness for the wild world of robotics and AI investing.

10:50 AM– 11:10 AM

Automating Amazon with Tye Brady ( Amazon Robotics )

Amazon Robotics ‘primary innovation officer will talk about how the business is utilizing the current in robotics and AI to enhance its enormous logistics. He’ll likewise go over the future of storage facility automation and how robotics and human beings share a work area.

11:10 AM — 11:30 AM

Innovation Break. Coming quickly

11:30 AM 11:40 AM

Live Demo from the Stanford Robotics Club

11:40 AM 12:05 PM

Building the Robots that Build with Daniel Blank ( Toggle Industries ), Tessa Lau ( Dusty Robotics ) and Noah Ready-Campbell ( Built Robotics )

Can robotics assist us develop structures quicker, smarter and more affordable? Developed Robotics makes a self-driving excavator. Toggle is establishing a brand-new fabrication of rebar for strengthened concrete and Dusty constructs robot-powered tools. We’ ll talk with the creators of these business to discover how and when robotics will end up being a part of the building team.

1:00 PM 1:20 PM


Select, early-stage business, carefully picked by TechCrunch editors, will take the phase and have 5 minutes to provide their products.

1:20 PM 1:35 PM

Engineering for the Red Planet with Lucy Condakchian ( Maxar Technologies )

Maxar Technologies has actually been included with U.S. area efforts for years, and will send its 5th (!) robotic arm to Mars aboard NASA’s Mars 2020 rover. Lucy Condakchian is basic supervisor of robotics at Maxar and will speak with the problem and excitement of creating robotics for usage in the extreme environments of area and other worlds.

1:35 PM 2:00 PM

Lending a Helping Robotic Hand with Vivian Chu ( Diligent Robotics )and Mike Dooley ( Labrador Systems )

As populations age in a variety of nations, caretakers are relying on robotics for support. We’ll talk about the function innovation can play in assisting take care of and help those in requirement.

2:00 PM 2:25 PM

Toward a Driverless Future with Anca Dragan ( Waymo / UC Berkeley ) and Jur van den Berg ( Ike )

Autonomous driving is set to be among the greatest classifications for robotics and AI. There are plenty of obstructions standing in its method. Specialists will talk about how we arrive from here.

2:25 PM 2:45 PM

Innovation Break. Coming quickly

2:45 PM 3:10 PM

Bringing Robots to Life with Max Bajracharya and James Kuffner ( Toyota Research Institute Advanced Development )

This summer season’s Tokyo Olympics will be a big proving ground for Toyota’s TRI-AD. Executive James Kuffner and Max Bajracharya will join us to go over the department’s prepare for self-driving vehicles and assistive robotics.

3:10 PM 3:35 PM

The Next Century of Robo-Exoticism with Abigail De Kosnik ( UC Berkeley ), David Ewing Duncan and Mark Pauline ( Survival Research Labs)

In 1920, Karl Capek created the term” robotic “in a play about mechanical employees arranging a disobedience to beat their human overlords. One a century later on, in the context of increasing inequality and xenophobia, the panelists will talk about cultural views of robotics in the context of “Robo-Exoticism, “which overemphasizes both favorable and unfavorable qualities and strengthens old worries, stereotypes and dreams.

3:35 PM 4:00 PM

Opening the Black Box with Explainable AI with Trevor Darrell ( UC Berkeley ), Krishna Gade ( Fiddler Labs )and Karen Myers ( SRI International )

Machine knowing and AI designs can be discovered in almost every element of society today, however their inner functions are typically as much a secret to their developers regarding those who utilize them. UC Berkeley’s Trevor Darrell, Krishna Gade of Fiddler Labs and Karen Myers from SRI will discuss what we’re doing about it and what still requires to be done.

4:00 PM 4:20 PM

Innovation Break. Coming quickly

4:20 PM 4:45 PM

Cultivating Intelligence in Agricultural Robots with Lewis Anderson ( Traptic ), Sebastian Boyer ( FarmWise ) and Michael Norcia ( Pyka )

The advantages of robotics in farming are indisputable, yet at the exact same time just starting. Lewis Anderson (Traptic) and Sebastien Boyer (FarmWise) will compare notes on the rigors of establishing industrial-grade robotics that both select crops and weed fields respectively, and Pyka’s Michael Norcia will go over flying over those fields with a self-governing crop-spraying drone.

4:45 PM 5:10 PM

Fostering the Next Generation of Robotics Startups with Joshua Wilson ( Freedom Robotics ) and speakers to be revealed

Robotics and AI are the future of lots of or most markets, however the barrier of entry is still tough to prevail over for lots of start-ups. These business are assisting alleviate the initial steps into the broader world of automation.

5:10 PM 5:35 PM

Robotic Surgeons (speakers to be revealed)

Robots have actually belonged to the operating space for well over a years, however we’re still just scratching the surface area. Leaders from a variety of robot-assisted surgical treatment business will talk about the altering function of robotics in the medical facility.

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Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2020/01/14/announcing-the-agenda-for-robotics-ai-march-3-at-ucberkeley/